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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family is more important than money. The one who has the gold makes the rules. A fool and his gold are soon parted. When you lose your money, you find out who your real friends are. Stay away from gold diggers. Be careful what you wish for.
Positive Role Models
A father ignores his 11-year-old son in favor of older sons because he admires that the older boys are starting a business. The mother doesn't bother standing up for youngest boy. The boy finds money and lies to cover where it has come from. A convict who stole a million dollars tries to launder it through a bank, threatening violence to the banker's family. An unscrupulous party planner overcharges for her work. A father tells a stranger that he recognizes he's been too hard on his son.
Violence & Scariness
A criminal threatens someone with a gun and threatens a man's family. Men threaten to throw a kid off a roof. A boy bites a thug. Brothers punch each other. A man drives his car over a bike. A kid locks a man in a rolling cage and pushes him into a swimming pool, where the cage unlocks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mom and Dad joke about lovemaking prowess in front of their 11-year-old son. A woman kisses an 11-year-old boy on the mouth. A kid says a man will be home late from a first date, suggesting the couple will have sex.
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Products & Purchases
Feeling lonely and ignored by his family, a kid dreams of having money and his own place to live. He goes wild, buying many expensive toys and electronics, which in the end don't fill the emptiness he feels. He spends a million dollars in six days.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol is available to adults at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Blank Check is a 1994 Disney movie about an 11-year-old boy who feels ignored by family and friends and dreams of having his own money and house. The kid is already a bit of an operator as the action begins and when a million dollars of stolen cash falls into his hands. He dodges the criminals trying to get the money back at the same time as spending big bucks and lying about all of it to his family. Brothers tease and punch each other. Criminals threaten people and stake out parks looking for the kid who stole their money. Expect to hear the word "butt." Mom and Dad joke about lovemaking prowess in front of their 11-year-old son. A woman kisses an 11-year-old boy on the mouth. A kid says a man will be home late from a first date, suggesting the couple will have sex. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie has some well-acted moments but the plot is far more implausible than even the disbelief-suspending movies it clearly intends to mimic, Big and Home Alone. Brian Bonsall, who played Michael J. Fox's younger brother in Family Ties, does well enough as Preston, but the script makes him difficult to like and his situation difficult to accept. The 13-year-old in Big looks like a 30-year-old, so it's easy to understand why the 30-year-old woman in that movie is interested in him. But Preston is, and looks, very much 11. His date with 30-something Shay strains believability and, worse yet, is downright cringe-inducing. But Preston wants more than an older girlfriend. At the top of his wish list is to pay someone to knock off his truly unpleasant older brothers. Next, he wants to buy his own home because he understandably hates his unkind and oblivious parents. Since most unhappy 11-year-olds think of running away before hiring a killer and investing in real estate, the plot strains to bursting, but clearly Preston truly hates his family. At one point he runs off to a meeting and says to them, "Later, toads." The question is: What kind of kid is this and do we want to root for someone so money-obsessed and bossy? By the time Blank Check starts to channel Home Alone, when Preston gets busy outsmarting the bad guys who are ineptly chasing him, the movie has wound down into a big yawn.
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